“Powerful, lyrical, confident writing filled with telling details, pitch perfect dialogue. I know these characters because the voice is so believable, strong, and honest.”

—Denis Hamill, journalist, screenwriter, producer, novelist

About Sunday Money

SUNDAY MONEY is a novel about girls’ basketball, roughly at the outset of Title IX’s passage in 1972. It’s a story of a girl who learns how the skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, guarding, help her navigate off the court, too. The narrator ages from 10 to 17 over the course of events, which begin in 1967 and end in 1974. Basketball is a central organizing feature of what is essentially a family story.

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About the Author

Maggie Hill’s essays and non-fiction have been published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, and additional publications. The Pushcart Prize nominee has been the recipient of several artist fellowships and residences, including Yaddo and Ragdale. SUNDAY MONEY, a coming-of-age story, is her debut novel.


Praise for Sunday Money

“[SUNDAY MONEY] succeeds in illuminating a girl’s life and passion, which is not a typical one. It feels like a good time for a character like this!”

—Amy Hempel, author of The Collected Stories

“... So well written, sharply paced, and all at once literary and colloquial both, Maggie Hill brings us a story that resonates as much today as it would have done a half-century ago. Young readers will find in here the essential themes and dilemmas of American life, finely detailed and uniquely honest.”

—Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin

"Hill captures a watershed moment in the history of sports in a way that highlights how transformative athletics can be, especially in the lives of young women..."

—Kirkus Reviews

"A teenager navigating a difficult homelife finds solace in basketball in this gritty debut...the text is bolstered by Hill's descriptions of the ways in which sports help Claire maintain and repair bonds, break destructive patterns, and build boundaries." 

—Publishers Weekly

".... Against the backdrop of historic events and wrenching addictions, Sunday Money is a riveting exploration of love, faith, devotion, and family... A powerful, unforgettable debut from Maggie Hill.

—Helen Phillips, author of The Need*

"This coming-of-age debut takes readers back to a time of gender inequality, when men had the advantages in sports... [and] girls, did not. As the novel stretches out... readers... see Claire grow... during the political fight for women's equality..."